Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day:

Monday 20th August / Tuesday 21st August 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

MARGARET HANMER

86

WREXHAM MAELOR 2.4.17

10.00am

Friday 24 August 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
ANNE JOSEPHINE SYNNOTT 69 GLAN CLWYD 29.6.17 10am


Tuesday 4th September 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

KATHRYN LYNNE ROBERTS
PRE-INQUEST HEARING

54

GLAN CLWYD 7.4.18

10.00am

ANDRZEJ WIERZBICKI

34

WREXHAM 26.3.18

10.45am

KAMIL DAMIAN KMIEC

30

SHOTTON 4.3.18

11.30am

BARRY RICHARD REES

43

CONNAHS QUAY 15.4.18

12.00pm

GAIL ANN RICHARDS

58

CONNAHS QUAY 9.4.18

12.30pm

PAULINE MARIAN GREED

76

GLAN CLWYD 22.1.18

2.00pm

NEVILLE WELTON

78

WREXHAM MAELOR 13.12.17

2.30pm

EDWARD ARTHUR PAINTER

71

GLAN CLWYD 19.2.18

3.15pm

Thursday 6th September 2018

Coroner’s Court - The Guildhall, Wrexham


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

BRONWEN CAMBELL

94

WREXHAM 4.4.18

9.15am

DANIEL JAMES LLOYD

35

WREXHAM 31.3.18

10.00am

SONIA MAUREEN DAVIES

39

WREXHAM 30.3.18

11.00am

MICHAEL IAN WESTHEAD

43

WREXHAM 8.4.18

11.30am

JAMES EDWARD KEATING

44

WREXHAM 19.4.18

12.00pm

GLADYS WILLIAMS

93

WREXHAM MAELOR 24.4.18

2.00pm

CAROL ANN BURROWS

49

MOLD 19.11.17

3.15pm

       
Friday 14th September 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

BARRIE WILLIAM GREENMAN

69

LLANDUDNO 8.4.17

10.00am

RICHARD RALPH MARSH

47

STOKE HOSPITAL 23.2.18

1.30pm

Tuesday 18th September 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

REECE WAYNE YATES

6 HOURS

WREXHAM MAELOR 22.4.17

10.00am

Thursday 20th September 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

CICELY DABEK

93

WREXHAM MAELOR 6.4.18

10.00am

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

SIAN JONES
PRE-INQUEST HEARING

43

GLAN CLWYD 11.10.16

10.00am

DOROTHY ANNE DICKEN

71

WREXHAM 31.1.18

2.30pm

GARETH MARC EVANS

45

ROYAL STOK HOSPITAL 11.4.18

3.30pm

Thursday 27th September 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

BARBARA PRICE

89

COLWYN BAY 7.9.18

10.00am

 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047